DNR sets traps for bear that mauled manFront Page News Friday, August 22nd, 2014 Would you like to receive e-mail alerts when we have breaking news? Click here!
WARDENSVILLE — West Virginia DNR officers are setting traps today for a bear that attacked a Virginia man Thursday in the George Washington National Forest.
Steven Krichbaum, 59, of Staunton, Va., fought off the attack and then drove himself to a fruit market in Virginia, where 911 was called. Krichbaum was taken to Winchester Medical Center and his dog, a lab mix who helped fend off the attack, was taken to an emergency animal hospital.
Krichbaum showed up at Richard’s Fruit Market west of Middlwtown, Va., around 1 p.m. Thursday.
The man and his dog were walking in the forest when they came upon a mother bear and her 2 cubs, according to reports. Apparently the dog, Henry, started chasing 1 of the cubs when the adult black bear began attacking Krichbaum, biting his thigh first, then arms and legs.
Krichbaum fought back and Henry ran back to help. Krichbaum hit the bear at one point with a rock.
Witnesses at the fruit market called the man’s wounds extensive and Virginia police said later that afternoon that he was in critical condition. Henry’s condition was much better.
This afternoon, DNR Wildlife Biologist Rich Rogers of the Romney office and Colin Carpenter, a bear biologist for DNR, set traps for the bear.
Carpenter said the attack is considered provoked because of the dog chasing the cub.